Between 17 – 20 March 2018, The Photography Show will welcome photographers of all backgrounds and levels to the NEC Birmingham, to try and buy the latest cameras and accessories from over 250 leading brands, get tips on how to create (and edit) stills and film, watch live action demos, and be inspired by globally renowned image-makers.

Free entry passes are available for students on the Tuesday of the show, just register online and make sure you bring your valid student ID to the show with you.

Register here

Here are ten recommendations for students visiting the show:

  • A number of new launches have hit the press over the last few weeks. Don’t miss the chance to try out the latest tech with the likes of Nikon, Hasselblad, Canon, Olympus, FujiFilm, Panasonic, Manfrotto, Zeiss and Sennheiser. From cameras, lenses and bags, to clothing, studio equipment and props, you’ll find the latest gear from over 250 top brands at the show.
  • Find everything you need to take your photography to the next level: software to edit your photos, accessories to compliment and get the most from your camera, printers and paper, albums, framing and mounting services to display your images, plus much more.
  • This year’s Super Stage line-up includes those at the very top of their game across fashion, documentary, photojournalism, music, weddings, wildlife and landscape, and surrealism. These globally renowned photographers will talk about their experiences, how they’ve got to where they are now and how they’ve captured their most iconic images. Book now to see Jasmine Star, Bruce Davidson, Daniel Berehulak, Ami Vitale, Erik Johansson, Brent Stirton, Zed Nelson, Gered Mankowitz, Miles Aldridge or Art Wolfe.*
  • Get the most out of your trip and upgrade to Student Plus for just £10, complement your studies with inspirational sessions and real-world advice on life as a pro including what it’s actually like to be a commercial photographer for the day, and what not to do! You’ll return back to university with so much additional insight in to the photography world.
  • Brush up on skills you’ll need if you make the leap to professional, such as shooting commercial with mirrorless, setting up time lapses, long exposures and getting up close and personal at weddings without annoying your client. Plus, get a whistle-stop tour around the business basics, find out why entering competitions can change your life and discover how others have approached award-winning projects at the Behind the Lens Theatre.
  • Diversify your talents and make video part of your repertoire, learn how to capture stunning video footage on the move with as little equipment as possible, discover the benefits of HDR filmmaking, learn different approaches to wedding videography and find out what tech to use to add drone footage to your business proposition – at the Video Stage and Drone Zone.
  • Master lighting: create stunning beauty images, learn about light painting, and become an expert in action shots at the Live Stage. Find out how to make the most of the elements and choose the best locations for outdoor photography at The Great Outdoors Stage. Finally, visit the Mobile & Social Stage to discover how to get your photography noticed by the social realm.
  • Get your work reviewed and critiqued by one of the UK’s leading photography associations. Book a portfolio review with either the Master Photographers Association, or the Royal Photographic Society and receive expert advice on how to improve your images and succeed as a professional.*
  • Take a break from all the shopping and learning opportunities at the show and admire the images at one of our many stunning galleries. You can find Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Digital Camera Photographer of the Year and so many more to give you inspiration for your next project.
  • Browse David Hurn’s Swaps Exhibition – this is a unique opportunity to see works by some of the greatest photographers in history at The Photography Show 2018. A selection of prints, collected by David Hurn, will be on display at The Photography Show 2018 (one of only two destinations between now and September before the collection settles at its final home in the National Galleries of Wales).

*Please note that booking is required for Super Stage, Student Plus and Portfolio Reviews at a small charge.